Getting ready for GenCon, a lot of people get nervous or frustrated because they want to participate in the new events for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game organized play but “can’t.” They don’t have characters that match a scenario or friends character’s level ranges. Some of these players don’t know that there are an amazing amount of pre-generated characters are available to play and that chronicle sheets can be banked for later use. Each character comes in at 1st, 4th and 7th levels allowing a broad range of play experiences. Today we want to talk about the recent addition to these characters: the kineticist pregen.
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The PFS Kineticist Pregen
One of the reasons we love the kineticist pregen is its simple, yet effective build out. She is fun without being overly complex and an excellent intro to a potentially frustrating system. Looking at some of the specifics:
- Boom! – The kineticist pregen does pretty much one thing… shoot fire from its hands. While the variations of this ability allow utility tricks and fun little wrinkles, at its core it is a damage dealing class that is relatively straight forward.
- Crackle! – A lot of the mechanics of the kineticist use fire-related terminology like burn. While not a deal breaker trying to explain to the water kineticist takes “burn” is a diversion most GMs don’t need at the Con table.
- Contained Mechanics – Most of the kineticist pregens magical mechanics are completely on her character sheet aside from a few cantrips in basic pyrokinesis, every other ability is relatively spelled out for a first time user.
- Touch Attacks – High accuracy damage is beautiful. This guarantees that the character pulls its damage weight and doesn’t require a lot of hijinks to play well.
- Roleplaying Potential – The ease of all the above play mechanics means that you can go full-bore with roleplaying this little firebug. This more than any other reason might make this pregen the option for a player with a strong sense of the dramatic.
Don’t let the lack of a character deny you the fun of playing in a good game at GenCon or any PFS table. Come back tomorrow and we will take a look at another pregen for you Con-going pleasure!